The vastness and beauty of the landscapes attract more than one tourist to Argentina. The nature is superb, wild, untamed... and diversified. From the frightening ice mass of the Hielo Patagónico Sur (one of the most important in the world after Antarctica), to the jungles bathed by the Iguazu Falls, to the endless plains of the Chaco, the fertile meadows of the Pampa, the fierce massive Andean mountains of Fitz Roy or Aconcagua or the endless desolate steppe of the Atlantic coast, everywhere it is revealed, rebelled, capricious and barbaric. On the coasts, southern whales, penguins, elephant seals, sea lions, while guanacos, llamas, alpacas and vicuñas graze quietly in the Andes, which are also the spectacle of this preserved nature.
A Mosaic People :
As the right word says: "Mexicans are descended from the Aztecs, Peruvians from the Incas and Argentines... from the ship". Nevertheless, the fact remains that the crossbreeding is fascinating. The country has a strong identity, and each one has very diverse origins: historically Spanish, Amerindians and descendants of African slaves, but also since the 19th century Italians in great majority, Syrians, Lebanese, Germans, French, British, Polish, Russian or Asian. With one couch for every 500 Argentines, the country has set a world record for the number of psychologists per capita. Perhaps a testimony of a distance that is being sought to resolve between the Western civilization from which the majority of the population now comes, and the indigenous and mixed origins that are so striking in the north of the country.
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette